Like Godzilla strolling through a Japanese fishing village, trans fats destroy your streets and highways (think blood vessels and arteries), crush your power stations (that’s organs such as the heart and brain) and make your RealAge much, much older. But these bad-boy fats are also super-bullies: They ramp up anger and aggressiveness, and not just the kind of $$$-aggressive antics that landed LeBron in South Beach.
That’s right. If you send your kid off to school -- or you head to work -- after a breakfast of Trans Fat Sugar Tarts or Dough-Boy Sweet Rolls, you’re fueling bully behavior and failing performance or grades! Our advice: Read nutritional labels to avoid prepared foods and baked goods that are filled with trans fats. You can transform breakfast with these three easy steps:
1. Indulge in (organic, if possible) blueberries, raspberries and strawberries for a sweet touch to 100 percent whole-grain cereals. They power the body and brain for sharper thinking. Add apples for their quercetin, a phytochemical that’s been linked to increased stamina.
2. Say nuts! Sprinkle chopped walnuts, almonds or other nuts on your morning meal to enjoy their heart-healthy benefits and help replace vitamins and minerals that mean-spirited trans fats help deplete, including many B’s, along with selenium and zinc.
3. Have an orange for a mid-morning snack (in school or at work); 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C and its accompanying polyphenols (and the act of peeling it) reduces stress. And taking that tasty-treat break helps soothe aggression and anxiety.
The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show” and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic, are authors of “YOU: Losing Weight.” For more information go to www.RealAge.com.